1951 IWC Vintage Mens Full Size Watch, Cal. 85 Automatic, 18K Gold - Bombe (Bombay) Lugs


Item No. 5602

Today's offering showcases this very fine automatic IWC featured powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 85 movement. This mechanism's automatic winding system is a technical masterpiece, earning it high praise - Gisbert Brunner and Christian Pfeiffer-Belli in their work, Wristwatches Armbanduhren Montres-bracelets, proclaimed it "one of the best automatic movements ever built in Switzerland."

The famous watchmaker Donald de Carle, in his book Complicated Watches and their Repair, remarked that IWC's special automatic winding mechanism was "a simple and ingenious system, well constructed and beautifully finished."

Featuring Bombe lugs, this handsome dress watch added a touch of extra class to IWC's mid-century offerings.

At 34mm in diameter, it is the same size as Rolex Date model.

It is in expertly restored condition and presents as gorgeous condition. The dial is a perfect refinishing.

The full size case presents as just short of mint mint. And as part of the restoration the movement has been freshly overhauled by a Master Watchmaker and is running very true.

Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate. 

A five and a half decade old IWC that looks almost like new on the wrist!

  • Manufacturer: IWC
  • City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 1,247,112
  • Case no.: 1,271,727
  • Year movement built: 1951
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men 
  • Dimensions: 34mm wide (without crown), 44mm lugs tip-to-tip 
  • Case condition: Presents as just short of mint with light signs of polishing
  • Dial: Gloss black with gold applied baton indices, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, outer minute track, expert refinishing
  • Hands: Gold dauphines
  • Jewels: 21 rubies
  • Band: Leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock croc and lizard straps
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Movement: IWC caliber 85, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 21 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator
  • Movement markings: International Watch Co., Swiss, C. 85, 21 Jewels, Pat Appl.
  • Serviced: Yes, freshly overhauled by a Master Watchmaker.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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